February 11, 2016, Lenore, WV (Mingo County) Brad Hager today announced his candidacy as a Libertarian running for House of Delegates in the 20th District, encompassing roughly the northern half of Mingo County and a small portion of Logan County. “I think the major parties have let us down,” Hager asserts, “and it’s time for a new direction, some fresh ideas, and a shake-up in Charleston.” He added, “There’s no place in the country that needs a Libertarian more than southern West Virginia. We need someone more effective representing us in Charleston to stand up for the coal industry, the beleaguered taxpayer, and citizens who want an economy that produces jobs and builds prosperity.”
Hager becomes the fourth Libertarian to announce for office this year, joining the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Governor, David D. Moran, whose candidacy in 2012 for Governor gained the party official recognition status, its candidate for Secretary of State, John Buckley, and candidate for State Treasurer, Brent West. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia is now the third-largest political party in the state in terms of registered voters.
Hager was born in Logan County and raised in Mingo County by a hard-working, single mom who taught him “to appreciate the things you have and take nothing for granted.” “I learned from my family that “if you want to get something in life, you have to earn it,” said Hager. “That’s an attitude we need to foster instead of the ‘welfare’ mentality engendered by too much government dependence.” Hager, a graduate of Tug Valley High School and Marshall University, has a background of success in insurance sales. “Then the economy turned sour and I faced the same downturn in job prospects confronting thousands of good folks in our community,” Hager related. “I can relate to what people are going through and that’s why I think we need a change in Charleston.”
“Too much government deadweight, taxes, and regulation are killing the economy of our great state,” Hager complains. “I intend to stand up for the coal industry, advocate for teachers and parents in our school system, protect gun rights, and encourage tourism,” he said. In addition, Hager would work for a new direction in the treatment of drug addiction, encourage youth development through “buddy leagues,” and fight for local funds to be kept locally to sustain community fire departments.
The Libertarian Party supports free-market, limited government as well as personal liberties. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV) will hold its state nominating convention on Saturday, May 7, at the Sutton Days Inn and Conference Center in Flatwoods. The LPWV anticipates nominating a full slate of candidates for the six statewide races in West Virginia this year as well as candidates for Congressional and state legislative office.